Team Cycling Plus – the first blog from team member Sam

Catch up with our reader team as they get stuck into their season

Team Cycling Plus member Sam Shaw

Team Cycling Plus will be updating you each week with the highs and lows of their training as part of the team. Sam tells us how despite being ill, he still manages to get out on his bike…


Illness threatened to hamper my Team Cycling Plus training this week.  I started out with gastroenteritis, which allowed that old hawk, the common head-cold, to pounce and install itself in my system.  It actually wasn’t as bad as it sounds, I had one day off the bike on Monday and was back cycling to work on Tuesday.  I progressively felt stronger all week though I’ve got a lingering cough, which is still making riding at maximum effort uncomfortable.

The gastroenteritis helped me lose a couple of pounds extra this week and dropped me to 87.5kg.  Since then I think I’ll have gone up slightly as I re-hydrate but I’m aiming to stay below 88.9kg (14stone).

On Saturday morning I went out for my usual group ride “The Saturday Hour”, however fog on the Carse of Stirling diverted the route away from the flats and into the hills.  We started by tackling

Logie Kirk Road

, which is for a distance, one in four.  This wasn’t too bad as I was on my hybrid MTB with it’s low gearing I managed it to the top without pushing my heart-rate or breathing through the roof as I did when I rode it on my 39-25!   

I got some good advice on interval training during the ride from a seasoned time-trialler, which I’m aiming to put into practice over the next two weeks as I have my first five mile TT on the 29th April.  My plan is to treat this first TT as a tool to see where my base level is and provide me something to build on over the coming months as I complete the six round series organised by Stirling Bike Club.  I’ll be having a go at intervals on my way to work over the next two weeks as the event approaches, but I’m sure following our coach’s advice of “Put it on the biggest gear and turn your legs as fast as you can” will stand me in good stead!    

Who are Team Cycling Plus?


Team Cycling Plus powered by Verenti are readers Andy Ward, Kay Bowen, Malcolm Ratcliffe and Sam Shaw. We’ll be following them in the magazine for the next few months as they train towards their personal cycling goals under the guidance of Team Wiggle’s Ben Simmons and we will be publishing their weekly trials and tribulations here too.